Padel (sport)

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Padel
Sanchez-Casal Paddle Tennis Game.jpg
Padel players on outdoor padel courts
Highest governing body International Padel Federation (IPF)
Nicknames Paddle (US, Canada)
First played 1969, Acapulco, Mexico
Characteristics
Contact No
Team members Doubles
Mixed gender Separate competitions (mixed sometimes in leagues)
Type Racquet sport
Equipment Padel racquet, Padel ball
Venue Outdoor or indoor Padel court
Presence
Country or region Worldwide
Olympic No
Paralympic No

Padel is a racquet sport. In the US and Canada the sport is known as Paddle.

Padel is not to be confused with Platform Tennis, a winter sport typically played at country clubs in the US and Canada, with courts heated from below to eliminate snow and water. The court, rules, and styles of play are very different.

Padel area at ISPO 2014

History[edit]

Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure, the main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level.

The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico as well as in Spain and Andorra, although it is now beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents.

Padel Pro Tour (PPT) was the professional Padel Circuit which was created in 2005 as a result of the agreement between a group of organizers of matches of Padel and Association of Professional Players of Pádel (AJPP) and the Spanish Feminine Association of Pádel (AFEP). Nowadays, the most important padel circuit is World Padel Tour (WPT), which started in Spain though it has already reached international expansion. In 2014 WPT has traveled to Portugal, Argentina and Dubai.

The sport's popularity along the Costa del Sol in southern Spain and the Algarve in southern Portugal has exposed it to a large number of British visitors, leading to an increased popularity of the sport in the UK and a launch of the UK Padel Federation in 2011.

The US Paddle Association was founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1993 and opened two courts in the Chattanooga area. The American Paddle Association was formed in 1995 and built its first courts at a private club in Houston, Texas for exhibition games. The first public courts opened in Miami, Florida in 2009, and several clubs have opened nearby, as well as in Los Angeles, since then.

In 2014, the Swiss Club in Singapore (http://www.swissclub.org.sg/) opened the first Padel court in Singapore.

The Court[edit]

Padel court dimensions

Padel rules states that the playing field should be a rectangle 10 meters wide and 20 meters long (with a 0.5% tolerance), enclosed by walls. At the middle of the playing field there will be a net dividing the court in two, the net has a maximum height of 88 cm in the center raising to 92 cm at sides (with a 0.5 cm tolerance).

The back walls should be 3 meters high covering the entire back of the field and the side walls should be 3 meters high and 2 meters long ending on another wall 2 meters high and 2 meters long (know as step-type, see picture). The diagonal-type side wall is also accepted, instead of a step, it runs as straight line between the two heights of the side wall. The rest of the court is closed using a metallic mesh also 3 meters high, the wall closed sides can also have a metallic mesh up to 1 meter tall.

The service lines are placed 3 meters before the back wall and there will be also another line in middle that divides the central rectangle in half. All lines have a 5 cm width and should be clearly visible.

The minimum height between the playing field and an obstacle (for e.g. the ceiling) is 6 meters.

Facts[edit]

Paddle (stringless racquet) with balls
  • Players: Singles use 6x20m instead of 10x20m.
  • Serves: Both 1st and 2nd serves must be underhand.
  • Score: Scoring method is the same as in tennis.
  • Ball: Very similar to tennis balls. Tennis balls are sometimes used.
  • Paddle: Solid with no strings. May be perforated.
  • Walls: Walls are used as part of the game.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Most important padel circuit: